IOSH partners with ADAO and BOHS for Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2019

Major health organisations have joined forces to tackle the world’s biggest cause of occupational cancer – asbestos – during Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April).

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) have collaborated on day four (04 April) of the week, themed ‘Global Partners. Global Action’.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of asbestos and prevent exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn and take action.

The week is organised by ADAO, the largest independent non-profit in the US dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, eliminating asbestos-related diseases, and protecting asbestos victims’ civil rights through education, advocacy, and community initiatives.

ADAO is a supporter of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign, which aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer and help businesses take action by providing free practical resources.

To tackle asbestos-related cancer risks, IOSH has organised an international webinar entitled ‘Preventing asbestos exposure risks’ in partnership with ADAO and BOHS, who is also a supporter of the campaign.

At the webinar, IOSH Immediate Past President Craig Foyle, Founder of ADAO Linda Reinstein, and BOHS’s Faculty for Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) Board Member Jonathan Ford, will be presenting information to help organisations manage asbestos exposure risks.

Craig said:

“We’re delighted to collaborate with ADAO and BOHS to help tackle occupational cancer caused by asbestos.

“This deadly carcinogen claims hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide. In Britain alone, around 5,000 people die from it.

“I encourage everyone to join our webinar where we’ll cover how to assess and prevent asbestos risks and explain how you can get involved in Global Asbestos Awareness Week, our No Time to Lose and BOHS’s Breathe Freely campaigns.”

Linda said:

“ADAO supports the great efforts of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign to prevent occupational cancer.

“As a mesothelioma widow, asbestos-caused deaths are beyond painful for the patient and leave a shattered family behind. It’s inexcusable for anyone to be exposed to this known carcinogen in the 21st century. Prevention remains the only cure. 

“By working together, we can raise awareness and save lives from asbestos-related diseases.”

Jonathan said:

“Protecting the health of the workers of today and tomorrow to reduce the future occupational cancer burden is a top priority for BOHS, and joining forces with IOSH and ADAO on such initiatives is a step in the right direction towards achieving this.

The UK is disproportionately represented in global league tables of asbestos-related cancer deaths due to our high historical use of asbestos. However, thanks to strong legislation and enforcement, the promotion of asbestos awareness and access to the NHS, we are at the forefront of asbestos management and care for those suffering from the effects of exposure.”

To join the webinar, please click on the link.

For more information on Global Asbestos Awareness Week, visit www.notimetolose.org.uk/gaaw2019.